Pubdate: Tue, 17 May 2016
Source: Orlando Sentinel (FL)
Copyright: 2016 Orlando Sentinel
Note: Rarely prints out-of-state LTEs.
Author: Gray Rohrer


TALLAHASSEE - A group fighting a proposed amendment to allow medical 
marijuana in Florida released its first web video Monday, attacking 
the measure as a fig leaf for full-blown legalization of the drug.

The video from Drug Free Florida's Vote No on 2 campaign is posted on 
its website and isn't running as an ad on television or online. But 
it signals the first salvo from those opposed to Amendment 2.

The three-minute video features online searches of California 
marijuana shops, noting their marketing of marijuana-infused baked 
goods and other items aren't likely to be for genuine medical ailments.

"Gummi bears and candy bars? Sure looks like medicine," the video's 
narrator says sarcastically. "Eat 'em 'til you feel better, right doc?"

In response, United for Care, the group pushing for the amendment, 
sent a fundraising pitch to supporters, saying opponents were 
inappropriately comparing its proposed amendment with California's 
ballot measure.

"In a new video they released, they not only falsely claim Amendment 
2 to be similar to the laws in California, they spuriously compare 
medical marijuana to the pill mills and opioid epidemic that has 
killed so many people in Florida," the email from United for Care 
campaign manager Ben Pollara states.

Amendment 2 would allow patients to receive medical marijuana if they 
are determined by a physician to have a "debilitating" medical 
condition such as cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS or 
post-traumatic stress disorder. Opponents say it has loopholes 
allowing rampant use for "patients" with dubious conditions.

"If they want to legalize pot they should just say so and let the 
voters decide. Instead they're trying to trick everyone again," the 
narrator in the video states.

Drug Free Florida is ramping up its campaign against the amendment, 
which received 58 percent support in 2014, narrowly short of the 60 
percent required for a ballot measure to be added to the state constitution.
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